Press Releases

AWI Endorses Senate Bill to Protect North Atlantic Right Whales

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) for introducing Tuesday the Scientific Assistance for Very Endangered (SAVE) Right Whales Act (S.2453) to help protect this highly...

New Bill Aims to Strengthen Animal Welfare Act Enforcement

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) welcomes the introduction today of the Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act (H.R. 4211), which would protect animals from unscrupulous dealers and exhibitors and close existing loopholes in the...

Wildlife Law Enforcement Leaders Honored at CITES

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Geneva, Switzerland —Wildlife law enforcement champions from 10 countries were recognized today with the Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Award at the 18th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention...

CITES’s Last Chance to Save the Vaquita

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
London, England —As governments from around the world prepare to meet in Geneva this week, the fate of the critically endangered vaquita hangs in the balance. A new report, prepared for the 18th meeting of...

New ESA Regulations Deliver Devastating Blow to Wildlife Conservation

Monday, August 12, 2019
Washington, DC —Today, the Trump administration released final regulations to gut critical Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections, just months after a U.N. report warned of “unprecedented” and “accelerating” global mass extinctions caused by human activity....

Illinois Becomes Third State to Ban Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

Monday, August 12, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Cruelty Free International congratulate Illinois for joining California, Nevada, and more than 30 countries worldwide in banning the sale of animal-tested cosmetics. SB 241, sponsored by Senator...

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-Killing ‘Cyanide Bombs’

Thursday, August 08, 2019
Washington, DC —Earlier this week, the Trump administration reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands...

Shark Fins Remain on the Menu, Despite State Bans

Friday, July 26, 2019
Washington, DC —As Shark Week kicks off July 28, restaurants across the nation are contributing to the rapid decline in shark species by serving up soup made from shark fins, despite bans in 12 states...

Historic Win for Horses as House Passes PAST Act

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Washington, DC —In an important victory for Tennessee Walking Horses, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 693) by a vote...

New Documentary on Captive Orcas Exposes Brutal Ongoing Trade

Monday, July 22, 2019
Washington, DC —The recent release of “ Long Gone Wild ,” a riveting documentary revealing the brutal truth about the ongoing trade in wild-caught orcas, highlights the intensifying controversy over confining cetaceans to barren concrete...

A Voice for Animals Contest Prize Winners Announced

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Washington, DC —The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the Humane Education Network (HEN) announced the winners of the 2019 A Voice for Animals contest. The annual contest offers monetary awards to high school students age...